In 2021, 13.1% of children in Iceland were at risk of poverty compared with 8.9% of the entire population. In the same year, the material deprivation rate was 4.2% among children and 3.7% among the entire population. In 2020, children in Iceland had the lowest material deprivation rate in Europe.
These are among the results discussed in the latest edition of Statistical Series which covers the at-risk-of-poverty-rate and material deprivation among children in Iceland by various background variables.
Housing tenure status and degree of urbanisation were strong indicators for both measures. In 2021, the at risk of poverty rate was 12.2% for children living in the Capital region compared with 15.8% of children living outside the Capital region while 1.9% of children living in the Capital region were materially deprived compared with 8.6% of children living outside the Capital region.
About the data
These results are from the Statistics Iceland’s Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC). All figures for 2019-2021 are preliminary.